Former Tas minister cleared of conflicts

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Tasmanian MP Adam Brookes at the Tasmanian Liberal Party campaign launch in Cambridge, Tasmania, Sunday, February 11, 2018. (AAP Image/Rob Blakers)

Former Tasmanian mining minister Adam Brooks was involved in the operation of his mining business while in cabinet and didn't properly inform the premier about it, a report has found.

Mr Brooks resigned from the ministry in June 2016 after misleading parliament about his use of an email account attached to Maintenance System Solutions (MSS), from which he was supposed to have severed all ties.

It prompted a lengthy Integrity Commission investigation into the Liberal MP, which released its findings on Tuesday.

It found Mr Brooks continued to be involved in the management of MSS while working as a minister, but cleared him of any conflict of interest or breaching the ministerial Code of Conduct.

Mr Brooks told the parliament in June 2016 he wasn't using an MSS email, but later corrected the record.

The report found on the night he mislead parliament, Mr Brooks deleted a number of MSS emails and only told his business manager.

It found he deleted the emails over a "genuine concern" for his family privacy and marital proceedings but also because he was worried the emails had "potential to cause him political damage".

The report found Mr Brooks failed to accurately inform Premier Will Hodgman about the true nature of his involvement in MSS.

Mr Hodgman told reporters on Tuesday that Mr Brooks' conduct fell short of his expectations and he would not be considered for a portfolio in the "foreseeable future".

"I'm very disappointed at his failure to adhere to the protocols put in place to prevent any perceptions of a conflict," he said.

"Mr Brooks has already paid a very heavy price for his actions. For more than two years he has not been considered for ministry."

Mr Brooks will no longer hold the positions of government whip and deputy chair of committees.

In a statement, he said he was pleased with the overall finding of the report but disagreed that he failed to properly advise the premier.

"I believe that I complied with the protocol that was put in place to manage conflict of interest issues," Mr Brooks said.

"In saying that however, with the benefit of hindsight, I do recognise on reflection that there are matters I could have handled better.

"I have accepted this and as appropriate, apologised to the premier in relation to this."

Labor opposition leader Rebecca White tweeted: "The admission that Adam Brooks lied to the parliament and the premier, demands more than an apology".

The Integrity Commission cleared Mr Hodgman of any wrongdoing.

© AAP 2018